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5 Ways You Can Get Charged With Stalking

Though the exact definition of stalking varies by state, it's generally described as the repeated unwanted pursuit of someone. It typically involves a pattern of conduct in which the offender follows, harasses, or threatens the victim, causing the victim to fear for his or her safety.

But what does that mean in reality, how do you know if you're a stalker?

Specific acts that count as stalking include, but are not limited to, the following five situations:

How Many Middle Schoolers Are 'Sexting'?

The number of middle-school students who engage in "sexting" may be higher than you think. What's more, those suggestive text messages and photos could potentially lead to criminal consequences.

A study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that more than 1 in 5 middle schoolers reported sending sexually explicit text messages, with some of them having also sent nude or seminude photos, reports Reuters.

The study found that children with emotional and behavioral problems are more at-risk for sexting, and that sexting also correlates with sexual activity.

Target: 40M Customers' Account Data Stolen

Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred in the heart of the holiday shopping season. It is the second largest data breach in U.S. retail history.

If you shopped at Target during the period of Thanksgiving to this week, and you used a credit or debit card to make your purchases, your account may be affected.

2 Teens Cleared in Fla. Cyberbullying Case

After an extensive investigation, Florida prosecutors dropped all charges against the two girls involved in a tragic Florida cyberbullying case. The case, which gained national media attention, revolved around the death of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who jumped from a cement plant tower in September.

The Polk County state attorney's office dropped the charges of aggravated stalking against the girls, ages 12 and 14.

With the two cleared of any wrongdoing, will the girls now turn the legal tables on the Polk County Sheriff's Office?

Illegal Downloads: What Are the Penalties?

Are there penalties for illegal downloads? Chances are, you or someone you know downloads music or movies online. But just because "everybody does it" doesn't mean that it's legal.

Sometimes, of course, artists or promotional sites will offer free downloads. And if you purchase a song or movie before downloading it, then there's generally no problem.

Still, the Internet is running rampant with users who illegally download -- commonly via peer-to-peer networks like Limewire or BitTorrent, and also from friends who will pass on the goods. So how illegal is this, and what are the potential penalties?

How to Get an Online Mug Shot Removed

After you're arrested, your mug shot may appear on any number of websites -- even if you weren't convicted of any crime. So how do you get your online mug shot removed?

An arrest can follow you for the rest of your life and put a permanent blemish on your record. Even if you were innocent, or have paid your dues, that initial photo taken during the booking process can often still be seen on many sites that post mug shots.

The problem is that posting mug shots, which are considered public records, is legal. So, is it actually possible to get your mug shot taken down? If so, how?

ChristianMingle.com Rape Suspect Arrested

The Christian dating website ChristianMingle.com is at the center of an alleged rape investigation.

Police arrested Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, California, on suspicion of raping a woman he'd met on ChristianMingle.com. Banks may have been trolling the website in search of prey as he traveled around the country looking for work, reports ABC News.

Banks also allegedly used fake names online. Police are looking for other potential victims.

Joshua Scott Albert's Facebook activity suggests he doesn't much like cops. But is that a crime?

Philadelphia prosecutors think so, and announced a status update earlier this week: Albert, 26, is now a fugitive, charged with harassment, making terroristic threats, and criminal solicitation to commit murder, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

How can a person's Facebook posts lead to criminal charges?

Facebook Addiction Nets AZ Man 10 Years in Prison

An Arizona man got a 10-year prison sentence because of his Facebook addiction. William Hall claims his addiction to the social media site led to him to violate his probation.

Hall was convicted of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and surreptitious photographing in October 2010. As part of his sentence, Hall was given 10 years of probation and required to register as a sex offender, Forbes' website reports.

In addition, Hall also couldn't use the internet without his probation officer's approval. The tough part was that Hall was a Web designer.

Underage Escort Ads Target of New WA Law

A new escort ad law in Washington seeks to reduce the number of underage escorts by imposing criminal penalties.

Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill into Washington state law last week. The law subjects classified advertising companies to criminal punishment if they allow sex-related ads featuring minors to be published, The Seattle Times reports.

The law requires both print and online publications to make a good-faith effort to verify the ages of the people advertised in sex-related ads. But some Washington classified companies don't like the new law.